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Two jailed in home-invasion robbery

Police say the men broke into a woman's home, tied her up and searched for loot

of the Mail Tribune

Medford police have arrested two men who allegedly forced their way into a Table Rock Road home, bound a woman with duct tape and ransacked the home in search of cash.

Police arrested Robert Francis Kendall, 20, no address listed, and Nafauna Faoa Ponafala, 21, no address listed, on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, and third-degree assault.

Police Lt. Mike Moran said detectives believe the two men committed the home-invasion robbery reported to police on Wednesday.

In that crime, two men forced their way into a home on the 2300 block of Table Rock Road at — a.m. They found a woman home alone, overpowered her and bound and gagged her with duct tape Moran said.

The men spent about half an hour ransacking the home in search of a large amount of cash they believed was kept there, but found nothing, Moran said. They ran from the home, but a witness was able to give police some information about who they were.

On Thursday afternoon, an officer stopped Kendall and Ponafala downtown while working on an unrelated case involving stolen and forged checks. Detectives then made a connection between the suspects and the home-invasion robbery, Moran said.

Officer Mike Jackson arrested Kendall and Ponafala on charges of first-degree theft by receiving and possession of a forged instrument for their alleged role in the check-theft case. Detectives Bill Ford and Steve Edson added the charges stemming from the home-invasion robbery.

Kendall and Ponafala were lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where they remained Friday night.